by NZ CATHOLIC staff
CHRISTCHURCH — A dedication to achieve has resulted in Marian College Year 13 student Ana Avia-O’Connor being awarded the Top Pacific Student for Christchurch and Ashburton at the Pasifika Education Church Service and Awards.
The prestigious award was based on NCEA Level 2 results in 2012.
Ana’s commitment to her studies saw her achieve subject excellence endorsements in English, classics, history, accounting and religious education, as well as a subject merit endorsement in mathematics.
“It was a fantastic honour to be named as top Pacific student and receive the award,” said Ana.
As well as her strong academic focus, Ana is involved in many areas of college life, including being secretary of the student executive, table tennis, debating and the Pasifika group.
“I’ve really enjoyed being part of the Pasifika group — the girls are so friendly and talented,” she said.
The recognition of her achievements has helped Ana to decide on beginning a commerce and law double degree at the University of Canterbury next year.
“It will be great to see just how far I can go with my studies,” Ana said.
Following the February 22, 2011, earthquake, Marian College was forced to shift site after the banks of nearby Dudley Creek slumped and its land was badly damaged. Marian was subsequently hosted by its brother school, St Bede’s College, for the rest of that year.
At the beginning of 2012 the school reopened in Barbadoes St in fully refurbished buildings.